The new vineyard of Inzolia
Cantine Barbera's new vineyard of Inzolia has been planted by reproducing old clones that have adapted to Menfi's terroir for more than 90 years
There are basically two ways to plant a new vineyard.
You can call a vine grower, and buy young vines directly from him. But you don’t exactly know which genetic material you are using, and which is the real background of your vines.
Or you can only buy the rootstock – which is fundamental for us, being the Phylloxera endemic in our territory – that you will graft with the fruiting wood picked from your older vineyard, thus using your genetic material.
I choose the second way, as you can see in the infographic below.
When I first thought about a new vineyard of inzolia, I wanted to reproduce the complexity and the personality of the old vineyard Dietro le Case, which has adapted to the soil, the climate, the terroir of Tenuta Belicello for more than forty years. And, last but not the least, I wanted the old vines’ original and extraordinary genetic material to survive, being present in the property since 1920’s.
This video, which was shot in 2008, shows how the grafting works.
Photos taken in different moments tell about the grafting procedures and the vineyard’s growth, from the planting to today.